The InterContinental Singapore has just completed a major refurbishment process which saw the makeover of all the rooms, the introduction of a brand new Ash & Elm (in place of the previous Olive Tree restaurant) and more importantly (to me at least), the property has definitely caught up with the evolution of the InterContinental brand on a global level - pretty exciting times especially if you consider that the InterContinental Robertson Quay will be opening soon too!
In case you are not already familiar with the concept of a semi-buffet, the semi-buffet at Ash & Elm (from S$38++) comes with unlimited servings from the extensive appetiser and dessert spread - mains are available from a supplement of S$10++. If you have been to this restaurant, the charcuterie & cheese room will also be open so you can feast away (but save room for your mains and dessers!). This is perfect for busy executives who wish are rushing for time but still want to enjoy a delicious meal.
With the semi-buffet option, you will unlimited access to the appetisers and everything looks incredible. In fact, I had to exert so much self-control just to make sure that I still have room for my main course - I chose the Chargrilled Australian Angus Beef Rib-Eye (supplement of S$10++ more) that came with a delicious mashed potato, sautéed mushroom and black pepper sauce.
The Slow-braised Chicken with a celeriac mousseline, sugar peas and chasseur sauce was also delicious - I love how moist the chicken was and how beautiful everything was plated.
More importantly, do remember to save room for dessert because you simply can't go to Ash & Elm and not have dessert - they serve some of the best desserts around! The semi-buffet lunch at Ash & Elm is really great value and if you are ever looking for a fancy lunch spot without wanting to break your bank account, I cannot recommend this place enough!
This was an invited media-tasting session, though all views expressed are my own.
The Sofitel Singapore City Centre officially opened just over two months ago and Racines has already established itself as a prominent restaurant in the central business district. I was completely won-over by Racines since my first visit and I have been back on multiple occasions for lunch and dinner (in fact, I even considered getting an Accor Plus membership at some point because I really enjoyed the food!). While the French kitchen in Racines (led by Chef Jean-Charles Dubois) has been objectified as one of the best places in the area for well-executed French cuisine, most diners have not tried many dishes from the Chinese menu. As such, the Sofitel Singapore City Centre wanted to make up of the upcoming Lunar New Year (2018) to showcase some of the culinary highlights from the Chinese kitchen and from what I have seen so far, it is looking pretty good!
The White Rose Cafe in York Hotel Singapore is famous for the Penang Hawkers' Fare which happens three times each year (it's coming back this weekend!). What a lot of people do not realise however is that it actually does not operate as a buffet restaurant for lunch and dinner on a regular day. Instead it serves up local dishes at a relatively affordable rate (especially when you are sharing) and the restaurant has recently added a number of new specialties into the a la carte menu.
Jade at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore has unveiled a refreshed interior in May 2017 alongside a refocused culinary direction. Following the success of this revitalisation but more importantly, to concentrate on serving quality food and great service, Jade has steered away from the two-seating weekend dim sum buffet menu to introduce the one-seating Gourmet Dim Sum Treasure menus set instead.
One of the most highly-anticipated hotels to open in Singapore this year is the Sofitel Singapore City Centre. The flagship Sofitel property will officially be opening her doors on 02 October 2017 (even though there are paying guests staying in-house already) and alongside this opening will be the introduction of a brand new restaurant, Racines, which is helmed by the award-winning Executive Chef Jean-Charles Dubois.
Singapore is a foodie heaven and especially so if you enjoy Cantonese food - there are no lack of restaurants here that offer quality dim sum. When I stayed over at the ONE°15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove last month, I was surprised to find out that the WOK°15 Kitchen actually offers a really affordable weekend a la carte dim sum lunch buffet for only S$38++ per adult (half price for children). I have passed by the ONE°15 Marina Club on multiple occasions (like when I last stayed at the W Singapore - Sentosa Cove) but I never knew the restaurants were actually open to public - you do not need to be a member to dine in them!
If you have been following me on Instagram, you would have already known that the season for mooncakes (i.e. Mid-Autumn Festival) is coming up really soon and in the spirit of good fun, I have compiled what I would like to call a Mooncake Price Index (even though if we were to be pedantic, it is inaccurate to term it as that) for 2017. What I have done is basically gone through the price lists of all the hotel mooncakes that I have tasted so far to find out what the average price (GST inclusive) per baked and snowskin mooncake is - I have included both normal-size and mini-size ones for the sake of completeness. Do note that when there are multiple prices for different flavours, the cheapest price is utilised in this calculation.
When I visited Beijing last month in the summer, I stayed at the newly-built Hotel Jen Beijing which is a 5-star property located in the heart of Beijing's Guomao Central Business District (CBD). If you are thinking about getting from Singapore to Beijing, I highly recommend the SQ802 flight (check out my experience in Business Class HERE!) which will get you there by 2:40PM. One of the things that truly impressed me during my stay was the existence of a microbrewery within the hotel - these beers are then served in the Beersmith Gastropub ((鲜啤吧) which is connected to the main lobby of the Hotel Jen Beijing.
The Tower Wing of the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore has only quite recently completed a massive refurbishment that saw the re-introduction of a newly-designed lobby, new restaurants (including the impressive NAMI which I was at a couple of weeks ago) and brand new rooms. During my recent stay at one of the brand new rooms in Tower Wing, I decided to check out the Lobby Lounge after hearing quite a bit about it.
Ash & Elm at the InterContinental Singapore has just relaunched a new Sunday Champagne Brunch experience that spans over three culinary theatres. Apart from an array of fresh seafood selection, a caviar bar, an extensive selective of charcuterie and cheeses as well as mains and desserts, diners over at Ash & Elm will also be able to enjoy unlimited orders from the special Tasting Platters menu which integrates the different components of breakfast into a la minute dishes.
The Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore has quite recently unveiled a refurbished Tower Wing with a striking new lobby, rooms, Horizon Club lounge as well as the introduction of a couple new dining concepts. The long-standing Japanese restaurant, Nadaman, which has been opened since 1984, has now been removed from the property and a brand new Japanese fine-dining restaurant, NAMI, is now open on Level 24 of the Tower Wing.